Factory Mutual (FM)
Factory Mutual or FM Global has been an engineering driven underwriter since 1835. FM prides itself in a global expertise in loss prevention and risk management. An FM approved facility or system meets the industry’s highest standards.
The Monitoring Association (TMA)
Incorporated in 1950 as the Central Station Electrical Protection Agency, it became known as the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) in 1989. In 2017 another change has been made reincorporating the organization as the The Monitoring Association. While the name has changed over the years, the advocacy and certification programs remain steadfast and strong.
To foster and maintain the relationship among providers, users, bureaus, and other agencies of [Monitoring Center] protection services certified by a TMA-approved Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), such as UL, FM and/or ETL.
To promote the mutual interests of the [monitoring center] alarm industry that is certified by one of the TMA-approved NRTLs with public officials, the insurance industry and our customers.
EPS is a TMA Five-Diamond Certified Monitoring Center. Information about what it takes to become Five Diamond Certified can be found here. The certification requires random inspections based on quality criteria standards provided by organizations such as FM, UL, and other nationally recognized testing laboratories.
EPS is dedicated to following the five points of excellence outlined by the TMA and strives to uphold these standards year-after-year. In fact, EPS is one of roughly a dozen Monitoring Centers nationally to hold UL, FM, and Five-Diamond designation. Furthermore, EPS recently won an award (2011) for having the best Monitoring Center Manager in the U.S. according to the TMA.
Fire Alarm Specialty Technician(s) (FAST)
Michigan state law requires all EPS technicians to be FAST licensed. To request FAST licensing in Michigan a technician must already have a NICET, level 2, certification. The technician then must take a FAST certification exam. All FAST certified technicians must attend regular course updates.
Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL)
UL has been a global independent safety science company since 1894. The organization specializes in promoting safe work environments and hazard-based safety engineering. UL works with many industries as a standard certifier such as the food, lighting, appliance, chemical and health sciences sectors.
However, UL has been involved with life safety and security systems for over 100 years; almost the entirety of its existence. Specifically within the alarm industry, UL has over 90 years of providing standard certification services; it is the highest level of confidence in today’s market. An explanation of UL certifications as they pertain to EPS can be found HERE
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
The NFPA is the world’s leading authority on fire safety practices. Established in 1896, the NFPA has developed and published over 300 consensus codes and standards to minimize and fire safety issues. The NFPA has over 70,000 member NFPA Logoorganizations and individuals from nearly 100 different nations; EPS is proud to be one of them.
Along with upholding fire safety standards, the NFPA also advocates and educations life and fire safety measures world-wide. The NFPA has been the official sponsor of October’s “Fire Prevention Week” since 1922. You can find more information about the NFPA and its history, procedures, standards, and community involvement at www.nfpa.org
National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)
The State of Michigan recognizes/requires NICET level 2 & 3 for fire alarm systems. EPS has four NICET level 4 employees and urges others to strive for further advancement in NICET certification. NICET itself was created by the National Society of Professional Engineers to serve the certification needs of organizations such as Engineer Protection Systems Inc. The mission of NICET, according to the NICET Website:
“Provide an independent evaluation of technical knowledge and experience, through certification, among those working in the fields of engineering and engineering technology; define and support career paths for engineering technicians, and engineering technologists and related disciplines; and ensure recognition and continued professional development of certified individuals.”National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) logo”
NICET was founded in 1961 and proudly boasts certification of over 125,000 technicians and technologists.